Complete & Partial Denture Services
A denture is a removable dental appliance which functions as a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. Dentures are used to help patients eat, while preserving your natural teeth, and also improve bite force. There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures:
Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing in upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is made when the patient has already been wearing a complete denture for a number of years. The officially recommended time interval to change dentures is 5 years. On average, dentures should be changed every 5-8 years.
Immediate dentures are made in advance, when the natural teeth are still present. Dentures are then placed immediately in the mouth when the teeth are extracted. These dentures prevent the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. There are a number of adjustments needed to the dentures as the tissues shrink and heal over the first few months after the extractions. Once your tissues have healed and stabilized, the denturist will rebase the denture, to fit the tissues again. This usually happens after about 6 months. It should be noted that partial immediate dentures are also used when only some of the natural teeth are extracted and some teeth remain.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or relined due to normal wear and changes in the underlying soft and hard tissues.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture only fills in the spaces created by the teeth which are missing. An important function of a partial denture is to prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting or over-erupting.
Reasons for dentures:
• Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
• Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
• Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
• Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, typically 4-5, over period of several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) of the jaws and measurements of the bite are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, the denturist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture in the mouth, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty in the first several weeks of wearing a new set of dentures. These conditions will gradually subside as the patient's muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
Each patient is given detailed instructions on how to care for his or her new dentures. Proper cleaning of a new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will extend the life of new dentures.
Are you seeking a permanent solution to replace missing teeth? Delta, BC Denturists, Chris Kozakiewicz and Kaja Donauer, have been providing dentures and partial dentures for over 15 years. Our denture clinic offers a wide array of services to replace missing teeth including removable dentures, partial dentures, complete dentures, All-on-4, teeth in a day, and more.